Research Interests: marine resource management, conservation planning, socio-economics of resource management
Crow is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. For his dissertation research, he studied the population connectivity of coastal marine species and the efficacy of marine reserves for increasing fishery profit. The overarching conceptual theme of Crow’s research is to quantify the interactions between and among ecological communities and human users, and identify how the implications of these interactions can be used to guide natural resource management. He is especially interested in how spatial fisheries management strategies – in particular coupling spatial closures (MPAs) with spatial property rights (TURFs) – can be designed optimally for achieving conservation and socioeconomic objectives in marine ecosystems. His research often utilizes decision theory, portfolio theory, ecosystem-service tradeoff analysis, and marine spatial planning approaches for quantifying fishermen incentives, predicting fishery-ecosystem interactions, mediating user group conflicts and guiding decision-making toward effective management. Crow received his BA in Biology from the University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College, his MS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, and his PhD in Ecology from UCSB.